spring – the time of love and new cars

It’s spring, when thoughts turn to love and cars. Fondly I recall my first new car, a 1974 Toyota Corolla. I was so green I didn’t know you could negotiate the cost so I paid the full sticker price. I went in to pick it up tried to haggle with the salesman and he said, “You can’t do that.”

“Oh, OK” What did I know about the world?

Imagine $4,300.00 for a new car. It thrilled to drive it off the lot and if I lurched about trying to learn to drive a stick, that excited too.

It was the perfect car to drive about the Midwest for rugby matches, including the Ohio Under 23 select side match against Michigan. I drove with “Moose” and we won the game, on the
way home my mileage was way down and I was sure my car new car was failing. Imagine my relief when I discovered Moose’s bulk cost me six miles per gallon.

Now I dream of a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Corvette, but somehow I don’t think they’ll thrill like a Grey Toyota with a motor smaller than Harley Hog.

I’d love to hear about your first car.

We had such good comments, that I invite you to share a picture if you have it…

First car love from Diana at https://talktodiana.wordpress.com/

First car love from Diana
at https://talktodiana.wordpress.com/


68 Comments on “spring – the time of love and new cars”

  1. Lori Lipsky says:

    My dad bought me my first car. I was a senior in college and needed a car to drive to another city for my student teaching. I wanted a yellow sunbird we saw advertised, but he came home with a much-used, much-more-practical brown Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. I was disappointed for a day or two, but when a friend painted over the ugly gray streak on the passenger side, then it didn’t look too bad. I was pretty happy with the car after that. Loved the brown vinyl seats, and it was a smooth ride! Sorry…I don’t have a picture. Wish I did!

  2. cperrington says:

    For some of us, our first love and our first car are one and the same. You spent $4k, but received 10 times as much in terms of experiences and memories. Enjoyed the post. BTW, my first car was a red Toyota Tercel. I drive a Honda SUV now and will have other cars before I leave this Earth, but that little red car will always be my first.

  3. amkuska says:

    My mind froze up at 4k for a new car. I think I need a reboot.

  4. My first car–a hand-me-down from Mom, a 1955 Buick–yellow with green interior. Ugly, come to think of it. No power steering, no power brakes. But I had fun with it, even though I had to share it with my sister.

  5. wolfsrosebud says:

    car shopping now… 4,000 would get a junker… my “72” Z28 wasn’t much more than that Toyota

  6. tamekamullins says:

    I’m from Detroit so I love cars! My first one was a hand me down from my parents who loved large vehicles. I’m 5’1 so imagine me driving a huge 4-door cream colored Cadillac. I loved that beast though. Great memories!

  7. reocochran says:

    My “first car” was a shared one. It was a (pea) green ’65 Mustang. By the time my brothers and I got the keys for this, my Mom had been driving it for almost 7 years. I was the first one who had the privelege, but still had to haul around my brothers, then when my next brother became a licensed driver, he was in charge of picking us up and hauling us around. You see, my two brothers and I were born in 1955, 57 and 59. Like stairsteps, we were all in high school at the same time for only one year. (My senior year, Randy was a junior and Rich was a freshman!)

  8. elainecanham says:

    My first car was an Austin 1300 – twin brother to the one Basil Fawlty beats up in Fawlty Towers. It wasn’t sexy and it wasn’t fast, but it never let me down. Then I got a battered Triumph Herald, the steering wheel was as big as a mini roundabout and the roof leaked, but you could put the top down on sunny days and voila! Instant cheerfulness.

  9. oh… my first (and only) car was a mere Hyundai, about which someone else said once that though there is a speed limit, it’s very good no one thought to limit how fast you get to it šŸ˜‰

  10. My first car was a Ford Maverick, yellow with brown vinyl roof. My dad was a mechanic and tow truck driver. The engine had frozen up and the owner needed it towed, but couldn’t pay the tow bill or the repairs, so my dad bought it for the tow bill, put in a new engine, and it became the Hot Mav. I’d post a picture I have on Facebook, but I don’t know how. Peace, Linda

  11. Eric Alagan says:

    My first car was a Ford Escort – no aircon – now, in the tropical heat of Singapore —- you must be foolhardy or poor! It was a used car – like 12 years old. And like all used cars, it never failed to surprise me with what all can go wrong or not work. 1978 – memories.

  12. Cara Thereon says:

    A green ford. When it broke down, I cried like a baby.

  13. The first car I loved, truly loved, was a 65 Mustang – copper and white with the pony package and wire wheels. I LOVED this car! And wish I still had her – ahhhh first car love.

    • billgncs says:

      sweet – 65 Mustang was a classic – and first car love does exist šŸ™‚

      • My dad gave it to me on my 25th bday – but it was already 15 yrs old, had lived all its life on the east coast so had some mighty bad rot going on. Lived in CO so the winters made it worse, finally the floor gave completely out and we sold it for parts. A sad, sad tale šŸ˜¦

        • billgncs says:

          Yes – that would have been sad. When one of my daughters turned 16 we got her a Buick LeSabre, big/safe – it was from Arizona so unlike Ohio cars it had no rust. At first she said – “Dad, that’s an old person’s car, I don’t want to drive it.” Later a boy asked her out, and his car had a big rust hole in the floor and she home and said, “That’s not such a bad car after all” šŸ™‚

  14. 1969, I think it was, 3-speed stick shift, American motors, Javelin

    The ad was “Sorry, but I can’t drag race you because I have a fish bowl in my front seat”

    White outside with a red interior. Loved it.
    $2300 tax, tag, and title. – and a lot cheaper than a Mustang, and I thought just as nice.
    Worked well for me driving around the University of Miami.


  15. Love Toyotas – they last forever!

    It was 1986. I was 23 years old. My vehicle? A retired milk truck with a hole in the roof where the milk sign used to be. (I stuck a wine cork in it) A 1963 Chevy pick up with 3 on the tree. Bright yellow with black doors.

    I loved that truck! When 4X4s got stuck in the snow and ice, I drove on by weighted down with sandbags in the back. ā¤
    Diana xo

  16. Resa says:

    Ah, spring! Yes, love was always a part of the pic…. but never a new car, A new wardrobe was the key to excitement for me!
    Love the Moose part! Love the whole story!
    Happy Spring, Bill! šŸ˜€

    • billgncs says:

      tell me about something new and special for you Resa? A pair of red shoes ? šŸ™‚ I’d like to hear.

      • Resa says:

        I haven’t found the ones I want, yet, but I’m looking for new red sneakers!

        • billgncs says:

          When I was in high school, the varsity basketball team got free red converse. How proud we were to wear them – unfortunately they didn’t make us taller !

          • Resa says:

            I thought of Converse, but I’m looking for something else that I won’t know until I see them!
            Only hi-heel/platform sneakers will make you taller, and I don’t think those would work playing basketball! šŸ˜€

  17. My first car was a split screen Morris Oxford with a side valve engine. I bought it for Ā£4.00 and sold it for Ā£5.00. I had covered it with paintings of flowers, swirls, colour etc. too (well it was the 60s)!

  18. I had my first car 2 years ago, pfff… I wasn’t too excited, because I knew if was going to engulf a lot of money, despite the freedom šŸ˜‰

    • billgncs says:

      yes, some call cars a hole into which one pours money. But road trips are such a delight šŸ™‚

      • Agreed ! šŸ˜‰ I love road trips šŸ™‚

        • billgncs says:

          do you have a favorite place or country to drive in ?

          • The US “countryside” without any hesitation !!!! Everything is so well indicated compared to Europe šŸ˜€ Petrol is cheap, roads are bigs, cars are awesome, they are all automatic !!! I love driving in the US. And drivers are so laid back and friendly. But, not in big cities, like Chicago and Los Angeles (over there, it was like hell). What about you ?

            • billgncs says:

              France was an adventure, sometimes the road was so narrow that we nearly had to go into the ditch to avoid a head-on.

              But like you, I love driving in the West, Montana, Wyoming, sometimes we’re driving along and say, “Look, there’s a car!” —

              Driving across the Rez near Grand Canyon was unmarked with gas stations few and far between, that was scary, but I think the road that runs up into Albequerque, RT 25 is beautiful at sunrise, that’s one of my favorites.

  19. globalunison says:

    Oh my goodness … (I don’t think I will keep my first car for that long, will I? Lol)


  20. globalunison says:

    I haven’t bought ‘my’ personal first car yet but I am sure, when I buy it I will be as excited as you were back in 1974.


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